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NPower 2017: Pre-selected candidates begin verification in Imo

Candidates who applied for the 2017 N-Power programme and were pre-selected, have commenced physical verification in Imo State.
Physical verification is a critical component in onboarding selected beneficiaries who have been notified of their selection status into the N-Power programme. The essence is to ascertain candidates’ age, gender, current residential address and Local Government Area, academic qualification, NYSC discharge status, employment status and disability status.
The exercise was monitored in the state by a team led by the Deputy Director of National Orientation Agency, Mr Nazi Njoku. Other members of the team are Felix Obioha – NPower official from Abuja and the representative of the State Focal Person, Stanley Okehie.
In Owerri Municipal Council secretariat where the exercise is taking place for pre-selected applicants resident in the state, candidates were falling over themselves in an attempt to be verified first. It took the concerted efforts of officers of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and N-Power officials monitoring the exercise to maintain orderliness.
The Community Mobilization Officer (COMO), Mrs Nkechi Ogazi while briefing the monitoring team members, expressed happiness over the large turnout of candidates and regretted her inability to control the surging crowd.
Verification officers comprising of four beneficiaries of the programme in 2016, were dutifully scrutinizing the documents of each pre-selected candidate, which they said, is the first step in the verification exercise.
In Owerri North Local Government Council, the story is not different as candidates gathered in a very rowdy session waiting for turns.
A pre-selected candidate in the area, simply identified as Victor, said he was hopeful of receiving his December stipend once he scaled through the physical verification stage.
Recall that a total of 60,283 candidates applied from Imo state out of which 9,497 were pre-selected.

Okorocha says agitation comes up when people are not happy

…advises Air Force to create Department for ‘Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment’
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said that agitation comes up when people are not happy. He therefore, advised the Air Force to create a Department for Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment.
Okorocha was speaking during a visit by air force personnel, led by the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command, Sampson Akpasa, in Owerri.
According to the Governor, 89 per cent of Nigerians are unhappy ‘in the real sense of the word happiness’.
“Only four per cent of Nigerians could really be happy to some extent, while seven per cent might claim to be happy.”
He added that the vital aspect of human existence, which is happiness, must be addressed.
“Agitations, insurgence, hate-speeches and the likes, come up when people are unhappy”, said the governor.
“I thank you for your efforts in bringing Regiment 211 to Imo State. In appreciation, we have donated a 200-bed hospital to the force. This morning I spoke to the Chief of Air Force, about our intention to also donate the school to train electricians and artisans; you are doing a wonderful job.”
Okorocha urged the air force officials to find the root cause of agitation in the country while fighting insurgency.
“Agitation comes up when people are not happy, and the whole essence of life is to be happy. For this reason, I will advise that the Air Force too, just like I did recently, which most people didn’t understand, should create a department for Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment.
“This will help to address the need of even junior officers, who may have some forms of dissatisfaction in the discharge of their duties. Sometimes, you may think they are happy when they are not, and this sabotages the efforts of the Federal Government,” Okorocha said.
He said mentorship is another aspect which can help people achieve their purpose in life.
“If people are happy, there will be less agitation. The amount of money we spend on aircraft and in the purchase of arms would have reduced by 50 per cent. This could also end issues of restructuring, Niger Delta and all other forms of agitations”, he said.
Earlier, Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command, Sampson Akpasa said they came on a familiarisation tour of the constituent security outfits established on July 3. He added that Enugu was carved out of other commands due to clumsy administration, and that their new training ground has helped handle insurgency in the North-east.
Sampson identified collaboration and synergy as key in all security challenges. He craved for more cooperation in Imo and other South-east states, saying the command needs every form of support to blossom into maturity and global excellence.

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